Admissions Policies

As the laboratory school for the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, our admissions policies are designed to support the research mission of the school. Demographics are the primary lens through which our admissions decisions are made. Selections are made blindly through a lottery according to age, gender, ethnicity and family income with a goal of reflecting the public school population of the state as closely as possible.

Application Process

All events for the 2021-2022 admissions season will be virtual.

  1. Start by filling out our Applicant Inquiry form
    Submit the form in English or Spanish to receive your login link:
    English Inquiry Form | Spanish Inquiry Form
  2. Create an online account on our portal
    Once you submit the Applicant Inquiry form, you will receive an email with instructions to create an online account on our portal.
  3. Complete an online application
    Our online application process is quick and easy. Responses to all questions are mandatory unless otherwise indicated. Failure to complete the sections about the child’s ethnicity and the combined income of parent/guardian(s) who financially support applicant will prevent the application from being processed and adversely affect the child’s chances of gaining admission.

    If you have any questions while completing the application, please contact our admissions office at (310)825-1801.

    For information about applying for Tuition Support, Click Here

  4. Register for a Virtual Open House
    (Available Sept. 30)
    Parents and guardians are invited to attend a Virtual Open House. These live virtual events will begin with our Principal, Georgia Ann Lazo, providing an overview of UCLA Lab School’s inquiry-based curriculum and system for creating and maintaining an environment that encourages students to collaborate, to be inclusive, and to be reflective in their learning at every age level.

    Our Assistant Principal and Director of Admissions & Middle School Transition will hold a short Q&A session at the end of each program.Each Virtual Open House will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the following dates:

    Thursday, October 22, 2020
    Thursday, November 5, 2020
    Thursday, November 19, 2020
    Thursday, December 3, 2020
    Thursday, December 10, 2020

All Zoom links will be sent to registered guests via the portal on the day before each event.

Spanish translators are available for all of the Virtual Open House dater. If you will be needing a Spanish translator, for your Virtual Open House, or if you have any other questions that are not answered on our website or in this admissions application, please contact our main office at (310) 825-1801.

Although our Open House events are optional, we highly encourage all prospective families to attend. Please make every effort to attend the Open House date for which you are registered.

Quick Guide to Our Levels

We have a mixture of multi-age and single-age classrooms. Multi-age groupings in the primary and intermediate years allow teaching to the child rather than the grade, and they take into account the different rates at which children develop academically, socially, and emotionally. Single-age groupings in the early childhood and upper years allow for a focus on the transition in to elementary school and preparation for moving on to middle school.

Early Childhood (EC)

EC I: Ages 4–5, equivalent of Pre-K
Applicants must have a birthday between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017 to be eligible for admission to our ECI classroom in year 2021-2022.
No exceptions are made for summer birthdays.

EC II: Ages 5–6, equivalent of Kindergarten
Applicants must have a birthday between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016 to be eligible for admission to our ECII classroom in year 2021-2022.
No exceptions are made for summer birthdays.

Multi-age groups of children ages 6–8, equivalent of Grades 1 & 2

Multi-age groups of children ages 8–10, equivalent of Grades 3 & 4

Upper I: Ages 10–11, equivalent of Grade 5
Upper II: Ages 11–12+, equivalent of Grade 6